Connor Head of The Royal Canadians to jam with Fleetwood Mac's frontman

Cowichan guitarist Connor Head (right) was tapped by Mick Fleetwood, of superband Fleetwood Mac, to jam at the star
Cowichan guitarist Connor Head (right) was tapped by Mick Fleetwood, of superband Fleetwood Mac, to jam at the star's home in Hawaii next week.
— image credit: Andrew Leong file

Lady luck keeps picking local guitarist Conner Head.

The lead player of Cowichan's Royal Canadians band has been invited to jam with Mick Fleetwood, of the superband Fleetwood Mac, next week in Hawaii, the Times Colonist reported Dec. 22.

The jam will happen at Fleetwood's Hawaiian home where a Maui-based band — including former Fleetwood Mac player Rick Vito — will be rehearsing, the Colonist says.

"I look a little stoned but I don't even care because Mick Fleetwood just invited me to his vacation home to jam with Fleetwood Mac," Head, 17, says on his Facebook page, above a snapshot with Fleetwood decked out as Santa Claus.

There's also a beach-type Facebook shot of Head with Fleetwood.

Head got the invite after bumping into Fleetwood at the Maui Airport, then meeting Fleetwood again at Fleetwood's Lahaina restaurant Thursday.

The Cowichan Secondary School Grade 12 student asked Fleetwood's manager to pass a copy of The Royal Canadians' debut CD Lonely Whale, to Fleetwood, and the two players chatted some more.

Hearing about the session at Fleetweod's place, Head suggested he'd be available if the band needed another guitarist, and gregarious Fleetwood extended the invitation to a shocked heard, explains the Colonist.

And head's luck may not end there.

Fleetwood Mac is booked to play Vancouver's Rogers Arena May 19 during a big tour toasting the 35th anniversary of the band's 40-million selling monster album Rumours.

Opening-act duty for Fleetwood Mac would be a career catapult for The Royal Canadians.

And it doesn't hurt having Fleetwood Mac's tune Never Going Back Again as the alarm song on Head's smart phone.

The local quartet, that formed about a year ago, played the summer's SunFest 2012, after May's opening for Chilliwack in the Cowichan Theatre.

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